The Great Gatsby

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 14+

Little people living lives too larger for them

Richly detailed look at America's Jazz Age. Overview about how shallow living such a privileged life affected the characters in different ways. Fitzgerald's writing is smooth and evocative but his characters are poorly realized. His outlook on women is especially bitter. The characters can only see their own lives as worth paying attention to.

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Educational value
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Themes of female sexuality,

This book is definitely well written and successfully pulls you into the debauchery of Gatsby's world. There were no overt descriptions of sexual behavior. What was shocking and difficult for me to believe was the misogynistic depictions of every female character in the novel. Women are treated as silly creatures whose only value is as sexual objects. They are described only in terms of their sexuality throughout the book. No author with any respect for women could have written such a work. It has the potential to do great harm to the sense of self worth of any young woman who reads it. That is why I feel that it is best read by an older audience. The novel is meant to be a satire on the rich lives of the jazz era, but the moral lesson is lost on young audiences, who will be most affected by tone of flippancy and disgust toward women and sexual relationships.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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